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Can Wood Furniture Get Restored After Fire Damage in Lee & South Chatham Counties Home?

9/19/2021 (Permalink)

Soot on wall Soot damage

SERVPRO Techs Have Specialized Training to Handle Fire Damage to Both Lee & South Chatham Counties Properties and Contents

After a fire occurs in a home, it is not unusual to find all the room's possessions piled in the center and drenched, which is a common tactic used during fire fighting to control the blaze, and in some cases, it saves items from permanent damage. 

SERVPRO technicians work hard for Lee & South Chatham Counties residents with fire damage in their homes. Not all wood furniture gets created equally, and the construction materials can determine the outcome after exposure to the high heat and water. The techs inspect each piece and look for:

  • Irreparable damage to the joints from heat.
  • The need for cleaning away soot and smoke damage.
  • Swelling from water damage with potential to get corrected through drying.
  • Deterioration in composite wood furniture.

Once inspected, the techs use their proprietary cleaning agents and methods to restore the furniture with restoration potential. Any item ruined beyond the point of repair only gets disposed of with the homeowner's approval. 

Give us a call at 919-533-6776. 

Water Removal Services

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded basement Call us for your water removal needs.

Water Removal 

For large amounts of water, our team members start with pumps and other extraction devices. Our commercial pumps can remove the majority of the water in a day or two, depending on the size of the home. This initial action stops much of the damage and prevents any further issues from happening.  

Next, technicians use other devices to draw water off floors and out of carpets. For closets and other small areas, they use extraction wands. They can adjust the vacuum rate on these portable devices to quickly remove the water without causing secondary damage to carpet fibers or wood floorboards.  

In living rooms and other large areas, team members use extractors that move slowly under their power while SERVPRO professionals ride on or walk behind to monitor the results and adjust accordingly. If there is a pad underneath, our personnel detach the carpet from the floor, roll it up and remove the soaked foam rubber pad for disposal.  

Water Clean Up

As specialists finish the carpets and floors, other team members examine the walls for damage. Drywall panels are excellent material for interior walls, but they can soak up an incredible amount of water in a short period. Even just an inch or two of flooding can cause panels to crack and crumble. If there are no visible signs yet, they can use a combination of air movers and exhaust fans to force warm air across the surface, pushing out moisture into the air and push it outside the home.  

Since there is often some water behind the walls, team members remove the floor trim and drill several small holes into affected panels behind it. That allows water to drain, and then other specialists insert a hose attached to an air mover to force warm, dry air into the wall cavity to dry the panels and the wall framing.  

At SERVPRO of Lee & South Chatham Counties, our task is to return every flooded home to its owner in a dry condition and safe to live in once more. It is not a simple or even a quick process in some cases, but we ensure the owner understands everything we do to place their family back into their residence as quickly as possible. If you need us, call 919-533-6776 today to get started.

Mold In Commercial Buildings

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro logo and mold spores in the background Call us at 919-533-6776

Just like in your home, you also need to be concerned with mold in commercial buildings. Mold can be found almost anywhere and can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as there is moisture and oxygen present. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold starts to grow, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. Although it is impossible to completely eliminate all mold and mold spores, but you can control mold growth by controlling the moisture indoors.

In commercial buildings, moisture problems may include:

  • Roof leaks
  • Landscaping or gutters directing water into or under the building
  • Unvented combustion appliances
  • Delayed maintenance or insufficient maintenance

As mentioned before, the key to mold control is moisture control. Follow these mold prevention tips:

  • Fix any leaky plumbing and leaks in the building as soon as possible.
  • Look out for condensation and wet spots. Fix sources of moisture problems as soon as possible.
  • Prevent moisture due to condensation by increasing the surface temperature or reducing the moisture level in the air.
  • Keep heating, ventilation and air conditioning drip pans clean, properly flowing and unobstructed.
  • Maintain a low indoor humidity, below 60% relative humidity, 30-50% is ideal.
  • Have your building and HVAC inspected and maintenance regularly.
  • Clean up and dry out wet or damp spots within 48 hours.
  • Never let foundations stay wet.

Call our SERVPRO of Lee & South Chatham Counties for all of your mold remediation needs! 919-533-6776

Fire Restoration in Lee & South Chatham Counties

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

It is difficult to restore a home or business after a small fire. Even a small cooking stove can cause serious damage to the surrounding area and leave a lingering stench. SERVPRO of Lee & South Chatham Counties is a skilled disaster recovery team in the area. Our crew members have years  of experience and we train every member of our team to use proven techniques and properly manage drying equipment. We at SERVPRO, have access to the latest technology, equipment and methods, which are tested and backed by the most trusted disaster relief franchise in America. We hope you won't need our services but we are available to help you if you have a fire in your commercial or residential property.

If A Disaster Strikes, Will You be Ready?

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

Consider the following steps to help
you better prepare for an emergency
situation:
? Sign-up for local alerts and
warnings, download apps and/or
check access for wireless emergency
alerts.
? Develop and test emergency
communication plans.
? Assemble or update emergency
supplies.
? Learn about local hazards and
conduct a drill to practice
emergency response actions.
? Participate in a preparedness
discussion, training or class.
? Collect and safeguard critical
documents.
? Plan with neighbors to help each
other and share resources.
? Document property and obtain
appropriate insurance for relevant
hazards.
? Make property improvements
to reduce potential injury and
property damage.
Emergencies can happen anytime
to anyone. Take action now to protect
yourself and your property.  

Credits to Restoration Newsline Volume 32, issue 9; Editor: Casey Watkins

Ductwork Cleaning For The Upcoming Events!

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO art work with fruits and icecream Give our office a call if you require seasonal ductwork cleaning for your building.

It is difficult to imagine the cold winter ahead after a hot summer and the start of a very warm autumn. It is still in our thoughts, with just 100 days until Christmas. It is important to inspect your heating system before it gets cold. It is a good idea to clean and replace any filters in your ductwork before you turn on the heat.

Give our office a call if you require seasonal ductwork cleaning for your building. We offer commercial and large residential cleaning services in New York City.

SERVPRO of Lee & South Chatham Counties works with almost all major insurance providers and have the resources to manage and complete large-loss projects. Contact our office today, 919-533-6776. 

Power Outages Can Cause Damage To Your Home or Business

8/6/2021 (Permalink)

A summer thunderstorm can be fun to watch from a safe distance. The warm air, the rolling sound of the thunder in the background and the streaks of lightning that light up the night sky is like natures version of fireworks. But of course, with a thunderstorm, the chance of a power outage is always a possibility.

Normally, a short power outage is no big deal, but the longer the power is out the potential for damage to a home or business increases. For example, homes that take on water during storms generally, have a sub-pump that removes the water from the basement before damage can occur. Without power, this pump will not work allowing water to fill up the basement. Or if you rely on air conditioning to keep your home or business from getting too humid, a power outage can quickly lead to mold growth.

If you do run into any of these issues contact us at 919-533-6776. We can help you to repair water damage and remove mold.

What Can Happen if a Water Intrusion Isn’t Cleaned Properly?

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

cupping on wood floor Expansion on wood floor because of water damage.

SERVPRO understands the water damage that can happen to Lee & South Chatham Counties homes and knows how to provide professional mitigation

Problems occur every day that leads to water intrusion and potential damage to your home. It can be something as simple as an appliance failure or plumbing issue. Complete water extraction and drying are crucial to avoid secondary damage.

Common Issues from Inadequate Water Removal 

When moisture is not mitigated immediately, water damage in your Lee & South Chatham Counties home can be serious. DIY clean up can lead to:

  • Musty smells, which can indicate mold
  • Buckling sheetrock
  • Warped floorboards
  • Compromised structural elements
  • Sagging ceiling tiles
  • Discolored walls

Professional IICRC certified water damage services ensure secondary damages are kept to a minimum, if not avoided altogether. Our technicians use a combination of commercial equipment and state-of-the-art technology to make sure your home is thoroughly dried and restored to preloss condition whenever possible. The crew will:

  • Trace the migration path of the water
  • Use controlled demolition if necessary
  • Employ the right pump for the job
  • Restore instead of replace when possible
  • Make sure you are completely satisfied

If you have water damage, no matter how extensive, give SERVPRO of Lee & South Chatham Counties a call at 919-533-6776. 

Commercial Fire, Flood, and Mold Damage

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO of Lee & South Chatham Counties?

SERVPRO of Lee & South Chatham Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of fire, water, and mold. SERVPRO knows the importance of running a business and understands the stress that weighs on property managers and business owners when disaster strikes.  When your commercial building is undergoing an emergency SERVPRO of Lee & South Chatham Counties is ready to respond in a timely manner with expert service.  Our crew members are trained through online and person to person courses so you will be confident that SERVPRO of Lee & South Chatham Counties will handle your loss the right way, the first time. With over 50 years experience and training in the cleanup industry, owners and managers can feel comfort knowing that SERVPRO is on site. SERVPRO also has specialized equipment for commercial use only which means we can save more materials which will minimize build and get the business back up and running in a shorter amount of time.

Fire Damage Can Cause Hazardous Residue

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

white kitchen cabinet covered in smoke Call us at 919-533-6776

Fire can damage more than just structures affected. 

A fire can be scary and devastating to a family or business in Lee and South Chatham Counties.  Not only are contents and structures lost, but the residue left behind from a fire can be hazardous.  This is especially the case if electrical outlets, wiring, or appliances are the source or have been affected by the fire.  

Toxic smoke particles must be properly remediated prior to family or workers returning to the property. That is where we come in!  SERVPRO of Lee and South Chatham Counties will pretest the environment (structures, contents, and air quality) to determine the extent of damage, and then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found in your structure. 

Our goal after a fire is to restore and remediate what we can, create a safe environment for you your family or business again, and help you rebuild what you have lost. 

Call SERVPRO of Lee & South Chatham Counties at 919-533-6776 for more information.